My apologies if this has already been published.... Still experimenting/learning the PL 600 shortwave radio; my 1st impression is a positive one. The radio's capabilities enhance my Technician Ham License 2 meter radios and rating. A future dipole antenna should round-up my learning; the online reviews match my opinions. I bought the radio as an interim financial solution until I get a General License, and dive off into a much-deeper HF investtment ($80 vs $800+). One of my other "clubs" rolleyes provided me with these frequencies that I think would be immeasurable during an emergency. OK to monitor without a license. 1.978.0 3.964.0 3.980.0 Oregon Net 3.990.0 WX Net 7.248.0 3.587.0 Other frequencies: Ch 3 on CB & GMRS 146.420 (2 Meter Ham) Other Ham Radio: The Baofeng UV5R+ is a great value; it keeps up with my other more expensive equipment. I don't consider myself an expert but think this info may help a beginner or 2.